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THE.q^HILD'S MAGAZINE, 

Of the Sunday Sckdol Union of the Methodist Episcopal 
■ Church, 

Adapted to the use of children in general, and to the 
Sunday School Union of the Methodist E. Church in 
particular. 

It is intended to embrace in this little work short 
practical essays, anecdotes, narratives, accounts of the 
conversion and happy deaths of children, facts illustra- 
tive of the conduct of Providence, sketches of natural 
history, poetry, &c. The constant aim in conducting 
tliis little work, will be to lead the infant mind to the 
}mowledge of God our Saviour. 

It is recommended to all those who are engaged in 
the instruction of children, and especially to parents and 
those who devote their attention to the Sunday schools. 
Our, preachers aiid other agents are affectionately re- 
(jue^ted to interest themselves in its circulation. 

Thp plan of this work will not at all interfere with 
the Youth's Instructer and Guardian y nor is it intend- 
ed, in any case, to supersede it ; being designed, as its 
title intimates, for younger children. The Youth's In- 
structer and Guardian may be introduced into Sunday 
schools, for the benefit of larger scholars, as a reading 
and reward book ; while the Child's Magazine may be 
put into the hands of smaller children for the same 
purposes. 

TERMS. 

It will be issued in monthly numbers. Each number 
will contain sixteen pages, 18mo, and be ornamented 
with a wood cut. Twelve numbers will make 192 pages, 
Ttyhich may be bound at the end of the year in a neat 
volume. The title page and frontispiece accompany 
the present number. 

The price, to Sunday schools and agents, who take 
eight or more copies, and pay for them in advance, will 
be twenty-five cents a year ; and the same to subscri- 
bers who pay in advance, and call for the work at the 
conference ofiice. No. 14 Crosby-street, New- York, or 
at the depositories in the circuit^ and stations through- 
out the country. 



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jFrontisjJiict* 




HAGAR IN THE WILDERNESS. 



For she said, Let me not see the death of the child. 

And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water ; 
and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad 
drink, Gen. xxi, 16, 19. 



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•' Read and you will know," p. 4. 

I'HE CHILD'S MAGAZINE. 



IVo. 1. 



JULY, 1S1 



INTRODUCTORY ADDRESS. 

Dear little Readers, — The editors of this Magazine 
are personally unknown to you, and perhaps in this 
world we may never see your faces. Yet we feel thank- 
ful to God, that through the medium of the press we 
can meet you once a month, and converse with you 
about those things which relate to your peace and 
happiness here, and to your everlasting joy and felicity 
hereafter. And while we bless God for this great and. 
precious privilege, let us remember that we shall one 
day appear before him — the editors to giv6 an account 
for every word which they put into this book, and you 
for the manner in which you read, and the improve- 
ment you make. Oh tlien, let us pray to God to " di- 
rect us in all our doings with his most gracious favour, 
and to farther us with his continual help ; that in all 
our works, begun, continued, and ended in him, we 
may glorify his holy name ; and finally, by his mercy, 
obtain everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord." 



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We hope our young readers will make such a wise' 
improvement of what they may find in these pages, that- 
their parents and friends, as a reward for their dili- 
gence, will by and by purchase for them the Youth's" 
instructor and Guardian, and other good books, that- 
will unfold to them the treasures of knowledge, and- 
make them wise unto salvation. 

And as we hope that all our little readers are in the-- 
Haily habit of praying to God, in the name of our blessed! 
Kedeemer, for the forgiveness of their sins, and for the 
Divine guidance and protection for themselves and all 
their friends, we will ask them to remember us in their 
petitions, and to pray that we may be directed to writer 
and print such pieces as will be best calculated to bene- 
fit our readers, and glorify God. And we will also pray* 
to our heavenly Father to bless every reader of this 
little Magazine, and that it may please him to grant, 
that, when this short life is ended, we may meet each, 
other in those blissful mansions which Christ has gone, 
to prepare for all who love him. 



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MTTLE GEORGE, THE WIDOW, AM) tilZ INVALID. 

Whoever has been acquainted with the Boston Fa -^ 
neuil Hall market, for these last twenty years, must 
have noticed a hale and healthy looking woman, who. 
Saily takes her stand in front of the same, with Jier 
beer, apples, cakes, nuts, &c ; from the sale of which 
she supports herself and family. This woman, who is 
a widow, loves God, and is a worthy member of the, 
church of Christ. 

In August, 1825, a little boy, named George, apx 
preached the widow's table, leading a poor, decrepit, 
sick young man, who was indeed an object of pity, and 
almost destitute of clothes. George desired the widow 
to feed him with beer and cakes, for which he paid her 
willingly. 

" George," said she, " where did you get money to 
use so freely." 

"Why," said George, "this money my father gave 
me to buy nuts with. But as I was coming up to your 
table; I met this poor young man, and seeing him in 
tears,! a^efl him what wa's ihe matter with him ; and 



LITTLE GEORGE, ETC. 



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he told me he was sick and in distress ; a great manj*"- 
miles from home ; and that he had nothing to eat. So 
I thought I would buy something for him, and go with- 
out the nuts ; for I knew my father would approve of 
it ; and besides, I have been taught in the Sunday 
school, to " do good unto all men," Gal. vi, 10 ; and 
our blessed Saviour says, '' Whosoever shall give to 
drink unto one of these little ones, a cup of cold water 
only in the name of a disciple, shall in no wise lose his 
reward." Matt, x, 42. 

" Blessed child," said the widow, " and blessed is the 
mother whe bare thee. May thy yoimg heart ever be 
open to relieve the wants of suffering humanity ; and 
may that Saviour, whose precepts you follow, always 
have you In his holy care and keeping." 

" But," said she, addressing herself to the poor in- 
valid, " you are indeed in a wretched and forlorn con- 
dition ; what can I do for you ?" 

" The Lord bless you for your kindness, madam," 
said the poor young man ; " I am indeed a stranger, 
and naked, and sick, and hungry. But I fare better 
than my Lord and Master did when he was on this 
earth. He had not where to lay his head. And more- 
over he suffered a cruel death by the hands of wicked 
men. But I know that he lives again in heaven, and 
that he hears the prayers of all who put their trust in 
him. And it is he that hath sent this little boy to bring 
me food to eat." 

The widow's heart was touched with pity ; and she 
said within herself, " I am a lone widow, and have 
nought on which to depend for support, except the 
blessing of God on my own industry. But he has pro- 
mised me bread and water, and hitherto it has been 
sure. I will therefore relieve the sufferings of this 
poor creature, who bears the impress of my Saviour's 
image. And should I ever come to want, that which I 
now give will he pay me again," Prov. xix, 17. She 
then caused his vile raiment to be changed for decent 
apparel ; and gave him a comfortable lodging, until he 
was able to procure a passage home to his friends. 

Now, my young readers, what do you think will be 
done to little George and the good widow, if they con- 
tinue in thesB acts of kindness until they die ? Wliat 



READ AND YOU WILL KNOW, 



will our Saviour say to them, in that great day wheJi 
he shall " sit upon the throne of his glory, and before 
him shall be gathered all nations," to be judged accord- 
ing to the deeds done in the body ? Take your Bible, 
turn to the twenty -fifth chapter of Matthew, begin at 
the thirty-first verse — " read, and you will know." 
June, 1827. B. 



READ AND YOU WILL KNOW. 

Sir William Jones was an excellent scholar, and be- 
came one of the greatest and most useflil men of the 
age in which he lived. When he was a little boy, he 
was very inquisitive, and used to ask a great many 
Questions. To these his good mother generally replied, 
Read and ijou will know. When he became a man, he 
Confessed that to this advice, constantly impressed upon 
his mind, he owed all the knowledge that he had gotten 
ffom books. 

The advice of this good mother to her inquiring son, 
deserves to be remembered by children who wish to 
learn what is good and useful. For knowledge of almost 
every kind may be acquired by reading. For instance, 
do you wish to be informed about Adam and Eve, our 
first parents, their happy state and f^ll ' All this is 
found in the Bible : — " Read and you will know." Do 
3'^ou wish to learn about Jesus Christ, the Saviour of 
the world, who v/as born in Bethlehem, and crucified 
on Calvary, and who rose again from the dead ? The 
history of all this is found in the New Testament : — 
" Read and you will know." Do you wish to under- 
stand the way by which you may obtain the forgive- 
ness of sins, be made holy and happy, serve God in his 
world, and live with him in the next .-' God has ex- 
plained this in his holy word : — " Read and you will 
know." Do you wish to learn something about the 
world in which you live .' and do you inquire what kind 
of men, trees, herbs, fi-uits and flowers, are found in 
distant countries ; what kind of beasts graze the turf, 
what kind of birds wing the air, and what kind of fishes 
people the seas ? All this is to be met with in books : — 
'' Read and you will know." Do you wish to be in 
formed how laws are formed, people governed, and 



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SIANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE JEWS, ETC. 5 

trade carried on ? — " Read and you will know." In 
short, if you wish to be acquainted with the heaven, 
above you, or the earth beneath, with men and things, 
at home and abroad, every information is contained in 
books : — therefore " Read and you will know." 



DIFFERENCE BETWEEN READING MUCH AND KNOWING 
MUCH. 

We should always be careful to get perfectly what- 
ever is set us to learn, and try to understand and 
remember what we read. A person may read much, 
without learning much, or being much wiser for it. 
And it is great vanity to be desirous of having it to say, 
that we have read a great many books. " One book," 
says Dr. Watts, " read with laborious attention, will 
tend more to enrich the understanding, than skimming 
over the surface of twenty authors." Two children will 
read the same book ; the one will be able to tell you all 
it contains, but the other will know almost as little 
about it when he has done, as before he began ; and 
what is the reason of this ? The one readswith attention 
and strives to understand and remember what he reads; 
but the other reads because it is given him to read; he 
does it like a task which he is desirous to finish, but 
the contents of which he is not anxious to treasure ug 
in his mind. 



ON THE MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE JEWS, AND OTH£H 
NATIONS MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE. 

No. I. 

{The reader is recommended to refer to the texts mentioned in thes'e 
numbers.] 

When mankind began to inhabit the earth, they did 
«ot know how to build houses, and it is supposed thaft 
they lived in caves. In the holy land, and many parts 
of the east, there are a great number of these caves, 
and they generally are dry and fit to dwell in. After- 
wards, men frequently lived in tents, as the Arabs do 
at the present time. Jabal, the son of Lamech, is 
thought to have invented these ; and therefore he i^ 
called " the father of such as dwell in tents/' as yoi» 
may r^d, Gen. iv, 20. 



fl CHIEDHEN AT PKAYEB. 



The patriarchs generally put up their tents under 
the shade of some large trees. Abraham's tent was 
imder a tree in the plains of Mamre, Gen. xviii, 4 ; and 
Beborah the prophetess dwelt under a palm tree in 
jnount Ephraim, Judg. iv, 5. From 1 Kings iv, 25, we 
may conclude this was usual in the land of Judea, even 
when they lived in houses ; and the trees generally 
planted for this purpose were the vine and fig tree. 
These trees supplied grapes and figs, which they used 
for food, and those branches of the vine that did not 
bear fruit served for fuel to burn, which is referred to 
by Christ, John xv, 6, when he describes himself as the 
vme, and his people the fruitful branches ; and those 
who did not love him as the withered branches, which 
were cast into the fire The tents of the Arabs now 
are black, or of a very dark colour, as we read in the 
Bible that the tents of Kedar were m former times. The 
master of a family is often seen sitting in the door of 
tiie tent in the heat of the day, as is described, Geji. 
Jcviii, 1. The rich Arabs always have two tents, one foi 
themselves and another for their wives, as Sarah had, 
Gen. xxiv, 67. When they travel, they always, if they 
can, fix their tents near some river, fountain, or welL 
See 1 Sam. xxix, 1, xxx, 21. 

In my next paper I will describe the houses of the 
Jews. S. G. 



CHILDREN AT PRAYER. 

If you look on the title page, you will see the picture 
of two little children on their knees at prayer. Whaf 
a beautiful sight ! No wonder that our Saviour took 
^uch in his arms, and blessed them, and said, " Of such 
is the kingdom of heaven." Dear little readers, do you 
pray ^ We hope you do. To pray, is to tell God whafe 
we want, and to thank him for what we enjoy, and to 
ask for his mercy, and to seek his love through Jesus 
Christ. And he says in his holy word, " They that seek 
foe early shall find me," Prov. viii, 17. 

" Pray without ceasing," saith the word, 
And " always pray," saith Christ our Lord, 
We therefore should in spirit pray 
(Though not on bended knees) all day. 
JThes^. Tj 17 : fcubc x\iii, J. 



THE E-AGLT.. 




NATURAL HISTORY. 



THE EAGLE. 

"Tlie eagle mentioned in Scripture, is tlie sort gene- 
rally called the golden eagle ; it is one of the largest 
"birds that flies, and is sometimes found in England. 
TMs bird is between three and four feet in length 
jfipom the head to the tail; and when the wings ave 
spread out it measures from seven to eight feet, firpm 
the end of one to the end of the other. The eagle is a 
bird of prey, and from its courage and strength is very 
formidable, carrying away fawns, kids, lambs, and even 
young children, and tearing them to pieces as food.f«i, 
its young ones. 

in Norway, some years ago, a boy about two years 
old was carried away by an eagle, in the sight of his 
parents, who were unable to rescue their child ! A 
inoth.er, in ons .©f the Orkney islands, was deprived ai 



O THE EAGLE. 

her infant in the same manner ; but having observed 
where the eagle had built its nest, she hastened thither ; 
and, although the place was very difficult to get at, and 
the eagle very fierce, she succeeded in recovering her 
darling ! 

There are many allusions in the Bible to this fierce 
and powerflil bird, which is considered the chief among^ 
birds, as the lion is accounted among beasts. Its aifec- 
tion to its young is said to be very great, and when they 
are weary or fearful, it takes them on its back, and car 
ries them. This explains that beautiful passage, Exod. 
six, 4, when speaking of the deliverance of the children 
of Israel from Egypt, we read that the Lord " bare them 
on eagles' wings 3" in like manner his care of Jacob is 
spoken of, Deut. xxxii, 11, and we may remember this 
extends to his people in all ages. 

The eagle is a bird of great courage ; it attacks large 
animals, even tigers and beasts of prey. In this respect 
its swiftness and strength are of great use, as it soars 
up very high in the air, and pounces down in a moment 
on its prey. Thus we read, Isa. xl, 31, " They shall 
mount up with wings as eagles." "■ Though thou exalt 
thyself as an eagle, thence will I bring thee down, saith 
the Lord," Obad. 4. In Lam. iv, 19, we read of" per- 
secutors s\vifter than eagles ;" and the enemies of the 
Israelites are in several places compared to eagles. Our 
Lord, vv'hen he spoke of the destruction of the Jews, 
3Iatt. xxiv, 28, said the eagles should be gathered to- 
gether ; this is supposed to refer to the Roman armies, 
who carried the figures of eagles on poles as their stand- 
ards. The swiftness of its flight is also alluded to, Prov. 
xxiii, 5, " Riches fly away, as an eagle towards Jiea- 
ven ;" out of sight in a moment. — This strongly points 
out that we should not " trust in uncertain riches, but 
in the living God, who giveth us all things richly to 
enjoy." Oh let us beware not to despise the riches of 
grace and goodness of the Lord, which Christ offered 
himself up as a sacrifice to procure for his people. 

In the book of j-ob, xxxix, 28-30, there is a very 
beautiful description of the eagle: " She dwelleth and 
abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock and the 
strong place. From thence she seeketh the prey, and 
her eyes behold afar off. Her young ones also suck up 



THE EAGLE. 9 



tlood ; and where the slain are, there is she." The 
sight of the eagle is quick and piercing, so that when 
it is very high in the air it discerns its prey at a great 
distance below. 

Job also alludes to the swiftness of the eagle, to show 
the swiftness with which the lives of men pass away : 
chap, ix, 26, " My days are passed away as the eaglo 
hasteth to her prey." 

There is another text in which eagles are mentioned, 
and I dare say many of my young readers remember 
it : I mean Prov. xxx, 17, '* The eye that mocketh at 
his father, and-despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens 
of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eaglea 
shall eat it." As Dr. Watts has written : 

" Have you not heard vdiat dreadful plagues 
Are threaten'd by the Lord, 
To him that breaks his father's la\5''- 
Or mocks his mother's word ? 

*^*'~ What heavy guilt upon him lies, 
How cursed is his name ! 
The ravens shall pick out his eyes, 
And eagles eat the same." 

It is very sad to hear little boys or girls give a saucy 
or a disrespectful answer to their parents ; and it has 
been observed that children Vv'^ho grow up in this habit 
are sure to repent of it sooner or later. How can they 
be happy, for it is breaking the fifth commandment, 
and that commandment has a particular promise for all 
that keep it, " Honour thy father and thy mother, that 
thy days may be long in the land which the Lord thy 
God giveth thee." — So if children are disobedient, they 
must expect to be unhappy. 

This reminds me of a passage I read the other day, 
in Dr. Clarke's Travels in Sweden, with which I will 
conclude. 

" In an open space in the forest we saw the carcass 
of a Finn, who had committed murder, exposed upon 
three v/heels, each of which was placed upon the top 
of a tree. His head was placed upon one, his right hand 
upon another, and his body, dressed according to the 
habit of his nation, in a white frock with a yellow sash, 
rested upon the third, between the other two. Amidst 



10 •S^^CRIPTtTRE QXJESTIONS, ETC. 

'the gloom and solitude of the forest, where a death-lj£e 
silence prevailed, this was indeed a terrible sight. TJie 
liody of a human creature thus oxposed to birds of prey ^ 
t>y the side of a public road, cannot fail of affecting the 
;mind of every passenger, and among the people it is 
<}oubtle8s productive of useflil impressions, by the ex.- 
jemplary nature of the punishment. And this Finn "we 
Were told had a father and a mother who watched, and 
foiled, and prayed for him. But he disregarded their good 
•counsels until the awful moment arrived, when the 
•warning voice of Scripture was fulfilled : ' The eye that 
inocketh his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, 
tlie ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and yotrsG 
:e.agi,ks shaljl eat jx !' " 3. •©• 



_&CiaPXUBB ^UESTIOSS rOH EVEBV SIONTK IN a:HE TfjE^lR. 

JSeloved Children, — It was said in praise of TimotRy> 
that he had known the Holy Scriptures from a chJl^d. 
^s this is the book from which all true wisdom is ^e- 
xived, it is highly necessary that you should study it 
•^.vith diligence, and strive to understzmd it. And to 
assist you in the attainment of this desirable object, ^e 
ibllowing questions are proposed, which you are re- 
quested to answer to your parents, teachers, or friejuls, 
by quoting texts from the word of God, raentionilig 
chapter and verse, and repeating the words. 

In the Methodist sabbath schools in New-York, eapli 
scholar who recites four texts of Scripture in answer 
to the questions given out for the month, is rewarded, 
by the society with a copy of the Child's Magazine. 
And this practice we would recommend to parents a»d 
to sabbath schools generally. 

Those scholars who have learned to write, would do 
well to write down the questions and the texts that an- 
swer them ; thus keeping a record of what they haye 
committed to memory, which may be sometimes read 
over ; a practice that will give them a better know- 
ledge of the Holy Scriptures. And they should always 
{)ear in mind, that they are reading the word of G^d, 
•which is able to make them wise li;nto^a}va.tionjthjoirgn 
/a|th iu Jesus S^hrist. 



QUESTIONS, ANECDOTES, ETC. 11- 

QtJESTIONS FOR JULY. 

1. How can you prove that it is your duty to search 
the Scriptures ? 

2. How can you prove that the young have particu;- 
lar encouragement to seek the favour of God ? 

3. How can you prove that Christ is willing to 
receive all who come to him ? 



ANECDOTES. 

The Bible in the memory. — In some countries, where 
the Roman Catholic religion prevails, little children, 
are not allowed the blessed privilege of reading the 
word of God. A bigoted priest one day seeing a little 
boy with a Bible in his hand, commanded him to bum 
it. The boy reluctantly complied ; but at the same time 
said, " I thank God, that you can't take from me the 
twenty chapters that I have in my mind." 

On waste. — " Oh ! Charlotte," said a little child, On> 
seeing his nurse maid shake the table cloth into the firp 
place, " don't you know that God takes care of spar- 
K>WB .'' The Bible says so : and will he not be displeased 
at your wasting so many crumbs, which would have 
served the sparrows for breakfast ?" 

Temptation resisted. — As a boy was going to his 
Sunday school, he saw three of his companions, who 
endeavoured to persuade him to play the truant ; but- 
he resolutely resisted the temptation, and went to 
school. When the circumstance came to be known by 
his teachers, and the boy was asked why he did not 
comply with the urgent entreaties of his companions, 
he answered, " Because I have read in my Bible, ' My 
son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.'" Let- 
every boy think of this story, when he is tempted to do 
any thing which he knows to be wrong ; and like the 
Simday scholar, recollect the precepts'of the word oC 
God. 

FILIAL DUTY. 

There is no virtue that adds so noble a charm to the 
finest traits of beauty, as that which exerts itself in 
watching over the tranquillity of an aged parent. There 
axe no tears that give so noble a lustre to the cheefe of 
innocence, as the tears of filial sorrew. 



12 EARLY PIETY. 



EARLY PIETY EXEMPLIFIED. 

Miss Ursula Mill ward was born at Pool, Dorsetshire, 
(Eng.) January 1, 1801. She was affectionate, dutiful 
to her parents, kind to the poor, and noted for her dili- 
gence, teachableness, and modesty. There is reason. 
to believe that these dispositions were produced in her 
by the grace of God, for at a very early period she 
showed a great concern about her soul. 

When she was between six and seven years of age, 
her good desires greatly increased ; and one morning, 
while reading of the good Samaritan, in St. Luke's gos- 
pel, the Lord set her soul at liberty, and filled her with 
peace and joy. In 1814 she entered deeper into com- 
munion with God. 

We see that young people die, as well as the aged, 
but true religion takes away the fear of death, and pre- 
pares the soul for heaven It was in the autumn of 
1815, that Miss Millward was taken so ill, that no hopes 
were entertained of her recovery, and then it appeared 
how much comfort she derived from the presence of 
God in her last affliction. On asking her mother this 
question, " Mother, do you think I shall die ?" her mo- 
ther answered, ^' Yes, my dear child, the doctor says he 
can do no more for you, and I think so too, and I am 
come to give you back to God ; you are no longer mine, 
but the Lord's." " Well," said she, " I am not afraid 
of death ; the Lord is taking me from the evil to come." 
^* Then," said her mother, " you have a clear title to 
heaven." She replied, " Yes, I have." " Then," added 
her mother, " let us kneel down and pray." During 
prayer the power of God came down upon her in a re- 
markable manner, and she broke out in these words. 
" I shall behold his face, 
I shalhhis power adore, 
And sing the wonders of his grace 
For evermore." 

She then exclaimed, " Oh how happy I am ! Oh how 
beautiful is heaven !" And afterwards said, " I had al- 
ways a dread of death till now ; but oh, how happy I 
am ! Is this dying ? Oh death, where i* thy sting .?" 
And again, " Oh mother, I anj going to heaven, and 
wish you were going with me ; but you will not be lon^ 



HAPPI-VES?^5'|gS^*'' J, 1^3 



after me. I shall see Mr. Wesley, Mr. Fletcher, St. 
Paul, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the prophets, apostles, 
and martjrs." " And Jescs, our mediator," said her 
mother. She clasped her hands, and replied, " Oh yes, 
and I love him." 

The Holy Scriptures teach us, that there are good 
angels which attend upon the people of God, and take 
care of them ; and certainly it is very pleasing to think, 
that perhaps our own relations who have died in the 
Lord, may be permitted to accompany our ministering 
spirits, and take a part, though we cannot see them, m 
all our sorrow and joy. Her father calling her his little 
angel, Miss M. replied, " Yes, father, I shall be an angel, 
I know I shall ; and I will attend you, and be your 
guardian angel, and mother's too, if God will permit." 
Then filled with a sense of God's goodness, she added, 
** I am unworthy of all that is nov/ given me. Father, 
I shall praise God for ever and ever. We all must die, 
and why not at fourteen as well as at eighty or ninety 7 
What a happy life has mine been ! and oh, what a 
mercy, that so short a life should be crowned with so 
glorious an end !" 

In this happy state she continued till a little before 
her death, when the enemy made an attempt to rob her 
of her comfort ; for a time her conflict was great, but 
the promises of God's word were applied to her mind, 
and she recovered her former peace. The day before 
her departure she often repeated, '' Oh death, where is 
thy sting I Oh grave, where is thy victory !" and on 
the 5th of October, 1815, she breathed out her spirit 
without a struggle or a groan, famishing a proof how 
happy those children die who die in the Lord ; and 
showing how necessary it is to remember our Creator 
in our youth. 

HAPPIUESS IN DEATH. 

There is a world above, 

Where parting is unknown ; 
A long eternity of love, 
Form'd for the good alone. 
And faith beholds the dying he*e. 
Translated to that glorious sphere ! 

George Wheeler embraced religion about the year 
1819. Soon after, he became a member of the Asbury 



14 HAr.- IN DEATH. 



Sunday school society, and waS remarkable for his de- 
votion to the duties of a Sunday schQol^teacher, although 
for about eighteen months his system had to contend 
with a pulmonary consumption, which at last forced 
him to decline duties so pleasing to himself. He anti' 
\cipated his death for months previous to it ; but his 
confidence in God, resting on the merits of his Re- 
deemer, was so strong, as not only to banish all doubts^ 
Tjut to fill him with holy joy. 

At his class, he would speak of his expected depart- 
ure with so much delight, that the members were fire- 
quently affected even to tears. The evening on which 
he died, he left the store of his employer, went home, 
in a better state of health apparently than usual ; and 
observed to the family, if he was as well in the mom* 
ing, he would take a long walk. — But oh ! how uncer- 
tain is life ! In the course of the night he was seized 
with violent pains in his breast He had the family 
called, and told Mr. C (his employer) that he believed 
himself dying ; but supposing him unnecessarily alarm- 
ed, they attempted to persuade him that he was not. 
" You can see me, but I cannot see you. I know where 
I am going. I can see into heaven. I can see the an- 
gels of God." Thus the natural and earthly vision 
ceased, and the heavenly and spiritual vision opened 
the glories of eternity to his ravished sight. Soon after, 
his spirit took its flight to the bosom of God. 

John G. Bell was born at Elgin, April 30, 1816. 
His affectionate disposition, obedience to his parents, 
attention to good advice, strict regard to truth, dili- 
gence in learning his book, and progress therein, when 
but four years of age, made him greatly beloved. This 
little boy met his death by a painful accident ; for going 
into the kitchen, one evening, undressed, his night 
gown caught fire, and he was burned in a very dreadfiil 
manner. During the three remaining weeks of his life 
he suffered much ; the pain occasioned by dressing his 
poor scorched flesh was extreme. Yet, even when this 
was most severe, he seldom said more than, " Oh mo- 
ther, don't hurt your dear boy." He delighted in hear- 
ing the Bible read; when restless and uneasy, this 
seemed to soothe him. The day on which he died, his 
mother being much affected at peeing him so ill, be eft-* 



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treated her not to cry; and requested her to read some 
of his favourite hymns, especially that which begins 
with, "'My God, the spring of all ray joys." He re- 
marked afterwards, " I like to hear about the joy and 
sfdning way ;" and, in a few minutes, his happy soUl 
entered paradise, aged six years and three months. 

James Brown, a little boy, belonging to the High 
4'^elling Sunday school, near Newcastle, who met his 
end by an accident in the coal pit, when asked by his 
teacher if he thought he should die, replied " Yes." 
''And where do you hope to go to .?" " To heaven,"^ 
was his answer. " And why ?" Here he called his mo- 
ther, and the rest of the family, and said, " I love you, 
mother, and you, father, and my brothers and sisters, 
and my teacher, hut I love Jesus Christ above all I 
and I am going to heaven, that bonny (beautiful) place.*' 
-H,ere he ceased, his voice failed, and his happy spirit 
took its flight to the realms of eternal bliss. And thither 
will the spirits of all good children go, when their bodies, 
are laid in the grave. 

THE child's prayer.. 

Lord, teach a little child to pray, 

My heart with love inflame ; 
That ev'ry night and ev'ry day 

I may adore thy name. 
My Bible says that Jesus died 

For sinners old and young ; 
I am a sinner, though a child, 

But babes thy praise have suno"; 
SPhy gospel may I love to hear, 

And love to read thy word ; 
That I may early know thy fear. 

And do thy will, oh Lord ! 
My teachers. Lord, are kind to me, 

They tell me of thy love ; 
Oh ! may they all be dear to thee 

And thy great goodness prove. 
Bless'd Jesus ! when I've run ray race, 

Grant me a place on high ; 
I'm not too young to seek thy fate', 

I'm n"D,t t^o young to die. 



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THE LITTLE BEGGAR. 



A poor little indigent beggar one daj, 

With crutches came up to my door ; 
With pitying accents, I ask'd her to stay; 

She was so distressingly poor. 

'• And why do you wander so sadly about ? 

And have you no friends, to take care ?" 
'' My mother is dead — and my father is out ; 

And I'm almost reduced to despair." 

•'•' But why," with compassion, I tenderly ask'd, 

" Why don't you to Sunday school go ?" 
" Oh no," she replied, '' I have never been there ', 
For no one would teach me, I know." 

" Not teach you ! Oh yes, I am certain they will, 
The teachers are feeling and kind ; 
Though poor and disgraced, they would succour you 
still ; 
Though lame, they would love you, you'll find." 

'^ But look at my poor tatter'd garments," she cried, 
*' They are torn, they are ragged and spoil'd :" 

'• Well, never mind that," I said, as she sigh'd, 
" Only be but a diligent child." 

The tears in succession then roll'd down her face ; 

They were tears— both of sorrow and joy: 
I told her of heaven — I told her of grace — 

I told her that sin would destroy. 

She promised to go, and I gave her a book : 

She court'sied, and bid me good bye. 
She would not forget it, I saw by her look, 

For she knew that the sabbath was niffh. 

She went ! and the blessings of heavenly love 

Descended in streams on her soul : 
Her hopes and her joys were soon fix'd abovfe, 

And her poor wounded spirit was whole. 

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YOUTH'S INSTRUCTER AND GUARDIAN, 

Published by JV. Bangs and J. Emory ^ for the Methodist- 
Episcopal Church. 

' This monthly publication, neatly printed in 13mo, 
(price one dollar in numbers, or one dollar and twenty- 
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instruction and entertainment of the rising generation. 
Its plan comprehends Scripture Biography ; Memoirs 
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Contents of the number for June, — Observations on 
the Anglo-Saxon Language — Last Hours of I^uther— 
On Evil Speaking — No Religion but that of the Heart 
— Joseph Wolff's Appeal to his Brethren, the Jews of 
Great Britain— Description cf Canton— The Worth of 
a Dollar— On the Cultivation of Taste— Sketch of a 
Storm at Sea— -The Kevival— Sunday School Facts- 
Eternity— The little Sweep— The Study of History- 
Remarkable Deliverance — Poetry : Heaven— Night 
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